TOTW: The Number One (or Two) Pre-Race Mud Run Tip

The Pre-Race Dilemma

It’s race day with less than 30 minutes until your heat time. You just overheard that Walk the Plank is five feet higher this year and the water temperature has yet to reach 40 degrees. Your nerves start to get the best of you when suddenly you hear nature calling. A single restroom lies at the far end of the venue; you spot it and hastily rush over only to find that a line the length of a football field has formed. After five minutes, the line hardly moves. You quickly realize that the wait is going to be agonizingly long and you could very well miss your start time.

Sound familiar? This was the pre-race scene at this year’s Tri-State Tough Mudder. Despite a highly organized and incredible event, the venue had but one restroom for over 10,000 participants. Undoubtedly, some were forced to either forgo their start times or run the first leg with their legs crossed. For many, this made for an awful pre-race experience. Not cool!

If you’ve ever participated in a mud run or any race for that matter, then you likely have experienced some form of pre-race anxiety. A wave of these evil jitters can wreak havoc on your digestive system and force you to scramble for the nearest restroom. But what if you can’t find one…or just as terrible, what if the lines for the restroom are ridiculously long?

This leads us to today’s Tip of the Week: The Number One (or Two) Pre-Race Mud Run Tip.

For your next mud run, be prepared for adverse conditions by bringing your own portable restroom. You can build a homemade version from a 5-Gallon Home Depot bucket and a toilet seat for around $15-25. If building a traveling-John isn’t your forte, I recommend picking up this Reliance Products Luggable Loo Portable 5 Gallon Toilet. For just over $20, you get the bucket and a snap-on seat with lid with little, if any, assembly required. You can pick-up fitted disposable bags and deoderizer from Reliance as well, but a box of heavy-duty garbage bags and a container of kitty litter are more economical choices and will work just as well, if not better.

The Luggable Loo is perfect if you are traveling in a van or SUV. If you travel by car, finding a good hiding spot to take care of business may prove difficult. If you’re not up to ducking behind a tree or the side of a building, you might want to pick-up a privacy shelter like this one from Texsport for around $40-50.

If you get pre-race jitters like me, than the Luggable Loo is a practical solution that will be there when nature calls to give you piece of mind and help make your next mud run as enjoyable as possible. You can pick one up through my Amazon affiliate link here.

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Has this situation happened to you? How do you cope with pre-race jitters? Leave your thoughts here. Thanks!

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  • Ryan ryan Nov 18, 2011, 9:22 am

    I get the pre-race jitters as well, usually triggered by coffee. lucky for me there was a dunkin donuts on my way to the PA/TM. I decided to skip the coffee for TRI/TM and all was well. I feel for the people that had to go pre-race, because the line was incredibly long. Great find, I may have to purchase this for future events.

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